“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” Isaiah 61:1-3
As I read these verses, I kept thinking about all that Jesus came to bring and this thought occurred to me; Jesus came to do these things through His body—us. Creating a hunger to hear and steering them to those who will speak. Creating worshippers who put on the garment of praise to lift the hearers out of their heaviness.
I told our church yesterday that God is bringing mission fields to us. Wherever He’s placed you, be sensitive to hear what the Spirit is saying, follow His promptings, don’t second guess if you’re hearing right. He’s doing a new thing and He’s doing it through you and me.
I’ve never wanted to be a ‘missionary’. I served on the mission field of Haiti for 3 years as a teenager. My mom and stepdad served there for over 40 years. I know sacrifice. I seen closeup what all of it entails and I didn’t want any part of it until God began bringing people to me who needed Him. It was so humbling to watch as one by one, God brought the mission field to me.
God has brought you into a place that needs you. Look around and see the world He’s brought you to and the hundreds you see or speak to on a daily basis. It could be on your job, in the grocery store, on the phone, even on social media, God is bringing the most uncommon people into the most unlikely places who are ready for answers God has already placed inside of you. Will you be available? Will you answer the call?
Father, You have called me Your own for purpose. Regardless of what’s happening around me, help me to remain sensitive to Your Spirit, it’s not about me, it’s about them. You have brought me into the kingdom for such a time as this. May I put aside all my fears and anxiety and surrender to Your plans and purposes. Nothing else matters.